Rampant College pummel Clifton and also deny Northwood in three days

2014-03-25 00:00

SCHOOLBOY hockey is under way, and this weekend saw Maritzburg College triumph over Northwood in a closely contested encounter while Kearsney and Westville played to an entertaining draw.

MARITZBURG COLLEGE 8 - 0 CLIFTON (Midweek)

The College outfit started off their season in convincing fashion with an 8–0 win over Clifton. College had a very shaky first 10 minutes, conceding two penalty corners and three shots on target, but goalkeeper Wesley Vesazie was equal to the task.

Having soaked up a fair amount of pressure from an initially organised Clifton outfit, College managed to settle into the game and opened their goal scoring account for the 2014 season with Tevin Kok eliminating two defenders, Michael Forrest leading in behind and receiving a through ball from Kok to complete a well worked move and score. Minutes later Kok doubled the score and College went into the break 2-0 up.

With College making tactical adjustments in the second half, Clifton battled to get the ball out the back with College then finding the back of the net with relative ease and well worked combinations. Goals coming from David Small, Michael Forrest and Amkelwa Letuka completed a final result of 8–0.

MARITZBURG COLLEGE 4 - 1 NORTHWOOD

With a day break from the Clifton match, Northwood paid College a visit on Papes after a very closely contested 3–2 win for College at Northwood in 2013. Northwood were looking for their first win against College in 13 meetings.

College started well, putting Northwood under pressure, and scored first with Kok making a telling run down the right hand side and combining with Forrest and Letuka to make it 1 -0. College then scored a few minutes later with Kok again being on the score sheet. There were many missed opportunities from College in the second half and Northwood capitalised to score, making it 2-1.

This got the Northwood tails up and the visitors began throwing numbers forward, allowing College to catch them on the break to score a third goal with Small hitting the ball from left to right across the circle and Richard Wood in a great position for a tap-in in the right post. With 30 seconds to go, Peabo Lembethe made a great turnover in midfield and combined with Letuka before Tyson Dlungwana tapped in on the left post for another tap-in, making it 4–1 to College.

KEARSNEY 2 - 2 WESTVILLE

After a mediocre start to their season in a 2-1 loss to Northwood, Kearsney wanted to improve matters in their home clash against Westville.

Both sides battled for control in mid-field and it was the visitors who scored first, Alistair Tyrell slotting home from a short corner after Kearsney had failed to clear their lines.

There were some excellent passages of play but Kearsney were somewhat guilty of holding on to the ball for too long, while Westville looked slick with short, fast and decisive passing.

As Kearsney held the ball, it allowed Westville to get behind the ball and put pressure on the ball carrier.

Kearsney’s Bill Ntuli looked dangerous, putting in some great runs and with his strikers in support, it was a matter of time before the home side were on the board. The goal duly arrived just before half time, Ntuli’s pass converted by Dylan Griffiths.

At 1-1, there was all to play for and Kearsney upped the tempo, creating a series of goal scoring opportunities that were not taken.

With 20 minutes remaining, Griffiths scored his second for Kearsney as he found himself on the near post during a goal scramble and tapped in.

Searching for the equaliser, Westville controlled the final 10 minutes as Kearsney strangely opted for a series of long passes, giving away possession instead of holding the ball to close out the game.

As the temperature rose, substitutions were made thick and fast and in the dying minutes, Westville snatched the draw when Bruce Kerr scored on the second take of a penalty corner.

Looking at the stats, both Westville’s goals came from five penalty corners, while Kearsney failed to convert from their six penalty corners.

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